Ishwar receives $1M NSF grant

Profs. Ishwar jointly with Profs. Betke and Wijaya from CS and Prof. Guo from Emerging Media Studies won a $1M grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) entitled “Multiplatform, Multilingual, and Multimodal Tools for Analyzing Public Communication in over 100 Languages”. The team will utilize their expertise in Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, and […]

Konrad and Ishwar win a grant from ARPA-E

Profs. Konrad, Ishwar and Little from ECE and Prof. Gevelber from ME have jointly won a $1M grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) entitled “Scalable, Dual-Mode Occupancy Sensing for Commercial Venues”. The team will develop an occupancy sensing system to estimate the number of people in commercial spaces and monitor how […]

Amanda Gaudreau graduates

On April 27, 2017, Amanda Gaudreau, a PhD candidate working under supervision of Profs. Konrad and Goldstein, defended her dissertation entitled “Methods and algorithms for quantitative analysis of metallomic images to assess traumatic brain injury”.

Jonathan Wu joins AWS

Jonathan Wu, a Postdoctoral Fellow  at the NSF Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) Engineering Research Center joins Amazon Web Services, Seattle, WA to work in the machine learning group.

Jonathan Wu graduates

On April 13, 2016, Jonathan Wu, PhD candidate working under supervision of Profs. Ishwar and Konrad, defended his dissertation entitled “Gesture passwords: Concepts, methods, and challenges”. He joins the ECE Department as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the NSF Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) Engineering Research Center to work on privacy-preserving indoor activity analysis.

Unity Activity Dataset released

A new Unity Activity Dataset has been made available at for research use. The dataset includes low-resolution videos of various activities, typical of a smart conference room scenario, rendered in Unity3D based on skeletal data captured by Kinect V2 camera from multiple users.

BodyLogin datasets released

Three BodyLogin datasets of various gestures captured from multiple users with Kinect V1 camera have been made available for research use: BodyLogin dataset: Multiview BodyLogin dataset: Posture, Build and Dynamics BodyLogin dataset: Silhouettes vs Skeletons and can be downloaded from web site.

Konrad interviewed for The Wellesley News

Prof. Janusz Konrad has been recently interviewed for The Wellesley News about his joint work with Prof. Prakash Ishwar on gesture-based authentication. The article “EYE ON SCIENCE: What’s the password?” has described challenges that many users face when proving their identity and potential solutions that the Visual Information Processing group is currently working on. You can read […]

Konrad and Ishwar featured in the New Yorker

Profs. Janusz Konrad and Prakash Ishwar have been recently featured in The New Yorker. The article “Beyond fingerprints: High-five to unlock” has discussed recent challenges in user authentication in view of hacking the  iPhone 5S’s Touch ID system. Two promising approaches for user authentication of the future have been mentioned: finger swipes for unlocking a […]

Ishwar and Konrad featured in Boston Globe

The current research conducted by Profs. Prakash Ishwar and Janusz Konrad on gesture-based user authentication has been recently featured in The Boston Globe. The article muses on a not-too-distant future where passwords and ID cards could be replaced by human gestures in some application domains. You can read the full story here.